Over on Melissa's & Ryan's blog they announce the Outlook 2007 Sidebar gadgets for download:
Outlook Upcoming Appointments – shows you your upcoming appointments.
Outlook Tasks – shows you your tasks and flagged mail all in one place, plus gives you an easy way to enter tasks, just like the To-Do Bar.
Go check them out!
Now I wanted to ask you all in the blogsphere would you like a Sidebar gadget for OneNote? What would you want it to do? We have some ideas and I wanted to get a pulse from you all. The Sidebar is a great technology which allows you to just have some information up on the screen. On my desktop I have the weather for outside (since I am indoors all day!) and the weather back where my family is. I also have a stock ticker and some beta gadgets that will be coming out shortly. I like the Sidebar but do you all use it? Please let me know in the comments or email me!
Since joining Microsoft last year, I have to say that OneNote is absolutely the best application I have seen (and used) in a LONG time! That said, I think a sidebar gadget for OneNote is a great idea. Maybe it should be like the post-it gadget, but you have an option of saving the note and it goes directly to a side-note section of OneNote. Don't know, but if you came out with one, I'd definitely use it!
Please make one and save me the effort :)
Drag-and-drop would be a great thing for tossing snippets onto a page, but it would need to be smart enough to drop onto unused space on the canvas.
Perhaps a quick side note creation gadget? I use the Notes gadget to jot quick things down (like phone messages) but it would be useful if these were actually side notes in OneNote so I could see them on all of my devices.
Absolutely! I agree with the previous posters, that you should just tie in the SideNote functionality into Sidebar, replacing the Post-it note gadget with a OneNote one. If you could get the OneNote tray icon use it, instead of opening OneNote for a side note, that would be useful too.
Definate must have. A Side Note gadget would provide easy access to copy down simple thoughts. waiting for a side note to open is a long time when you are trying to remember that phone number!
I couldn't live without OneNote! I use it as my short-term and long-term memory when developing code, doing code reviews, and debugging. It is almost always running, and almost always full-screen. I have Sidebar running, but haven't yet figured out how to quickly and conveniently glance at it and switch back to what I was working on.
Why not turn the problem inside out? I'd like to be able to host gadgets and other active content inside my notes.
It would be cool to have a feature that would show the pages that had been recently updated-this would be especially useful for shared team folders.
A gadget that shows notes marked with a particular flag (urgent, 'next item'), etc. Which flag, of course, should be configurable, so that you could have one gadget showing 'phone calls' and another showing 'errands'.
If you don't write the gadget, I will!
Wow these are some great thoughts here and some where not ones I had thought about doing (Tablet Guy & Larry's comments).
I will see what we can do here with our talented Devs. Thanks for the feedback and please keep it coming!
Please, a onenote gadet would rock!!!
How about a gadget for the Sidebar that launches ON with different user-pre-defined configurations. For example, When I'm not taking notes in a meeting or class, I put my teddy bear (nee Tablet!) into a dock. Not only does the ON page orientation change, but there are buttons, etc., that I change around, add, and delete to make working with my keyboard vs pen easier.
I second Larry's thoughts (I think this is what he's saying - I only found this program today so have a bit of information overload to contend with... so many possibilities!) - it would be awesome to have a gadget that showed the 'show all tagged notes' output for a selected tag.
Being able to configure which notebooks to look at would make it even more ideal.
A onenote gadget would rock!!!
I like some of the ideas about seeing "flagged" notes. Also, something to complement the existing "Side Note" functionality (i.e. create an unfiled note) and a way to bind to a particular notebook page. That way I could have a todo list or action items on particular page and both see and edit the list.
I think this would be a wonderful idea. I think the key to making the gadget a success and widely used is flexability and customization.
Every person probably has a different way that they would use the gadget, and the way each person would use it could change from day to day or month to month.
It would be nice to specify the types of notes that would display (by tags, flagged, include completed tasks or remove from list if completed, all, etc) Possibly how much text of the note should display (one line, multiple lines), change the font size. I think you get the picture.
The key that would make this gadget cooler and more useful than anyother gadget out there is that it should be deemed "the best and coolest" by the most amount of people, and for this to be the case, it will have to be highly customizable.